2106 Turnsburg Highway
Statesville, NC 28625
Andrew Jackson State Park
196 Andrew Jackson Park Road
Lancaster, SC 29720
Anne Springs Close Greenway
250 Dairy Barn Lane
Fort Mill, SC 29715
Backing Up Classics
4545 Concord Parkway S.
Concord, NC 28027
Bank Of America Stadium
800 S. Mint Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
Broad River Greenway Riverside Drive Boiling Springs, NC 704-434-0040 www.broadrivergreenway.comCarolina Raptor Center 600 Sample Road Huntersville, NC 28078 704-875-6521 www.carolinaraptorcenter.org Catawba Cultural Center 1536 Tom Steven Road Rock Hill, SC 29731 803-328-2427 www.ccppcrafts.com Catawba Queen Riverboat Queen’s Landing 1459 River Highway Mooresville, NC 28117 704-663-2628 www.queenslanding.com Charlotte Museum Of History/ Hezekiah Alexander Homesite 3500 Shamrock Drive Charlotte, NC 28215 704-568-1774 www.charlottemuseum.org
|Charlotte Trolley And Museum 2104 South Boulevard Charlotte, NC 28203 704-375-0850 www.charlottetrolley.org Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens 6500 S. New Hope Road Belmont, NC 28012 704-825-4490 www.dsbg.org Discovery Place/IMAX Theater 301 S. Tryon Street Charlotte, NC 28202 704-372-6261 www.discoveryplace.org Energy Explorium At McGuire 13339 Hagers Ferry Road Huntersville, NC 28078 704-875-5600 www.dukepower.com/EE Gaston County Museum Of Art & History 131 W. Main Street Dallas, NC 28034 704-922-7681 www.gastoncountymuseum.org Historic Brattonsville 1444 Brattonsville Road McConnells, SC 29726 803-684-2327 www.chmuseum.org/ourmuseums/hb Historic Downtown Statesville 111 Depot Lane Statesville, NC 28677 704-878-3480 www.visitstatesville.com Historic Latta Plantation 5225 Sample Road Huntersville, NC 28078 704-875-2312 www.lattaplantation.org Historic Rosedale 3427 N. Tryon Street Charlotte, NC 28206 704-335-0325 www.historicrosedale.org Iredell Museum Of Arts & Heritage 1335 Museum Road Statesville, NC 28625 704-873-4734 www.iredellmuseums.org 704-896-5141 Office www.LeeAnnMiller.com|
Category Archives: Recreation – State Parks
Public ParksThere are, literally, hundreds of public parks. Latta Plantation Nature Preserve is one of the largest. The 1,343-acre preserve on the wooded banks of Mountain Island Lake includes an equestrian center, 16 miles of hiking and riding trails, fishing and picnic shelters. Its also home to the Carolina Raptor Center, a rehabilitation facility for injured birds of prey. There are several other nature preserves, such as 1,108-acre McDowell Nature Preserve on Lake Wylie and 727-acre Reedy Creek Park and Nature Preserve in northeast Charlotte. Each county in the region has a variety of parks in varying sizes. Many of the larger parks have lakes or ponds for fishing, but be prepared to abide by state fishing regulations. There are also countless ball fields available for public use. Check with the county park and recreation department if you’d like to rent a field and picnic shelter for your league tournament or family reunion.
State ParksThe area also boasts a number of state parks. Crowders Mountain State Park, south of Gastonia, is a popular hiking and rock climbing spot. Lake Norman State Park in Iredell County provides access to Lake Norman, including a new swimming beach and mountain biking trails. Kings Mountain State Park in York County has 16 miles of hiking trails amid its 6,883 wooded acres, and nearby Kings Mountain National Military Park, the site of a Revolutionary War battle, adds another 4,000 acres.
Water SportsCharlotte is also known for its water recreational opportunities. The U.S. National Whitewater Center opens along the banks of the Catawba River in 2006. The park, which covers 300 acres, is modeled after the 2000 Olympic facility in Sydney, Australia, and will bring Olympic-caliber athletes from around the country here to train. The center also includes an artificial river with controllable rapids, an adventure center with climbing walls and ropes courses, more than 11 miles of hiking and biking trails and a 37-acre island for camping. The Charlotte region is home to three lakes, all of which are sources for hydroelectric power for Duke Energy Corp. There are more than 20 public boat launching areas on the three lakes and at least 25 marinas. Lake Norman, the largest manmade lake in North Carolina, has 520 miles of shoreline that touches four counties: Mecklenburg, Iredell, Lincoln and Catawba. The lake is packed on weekends from spring through fall with boaters, jet skiers, fishermen and water skiers. Mountain Island Lake, in northwest Mecklenburg, is the source for Charlotte’s drinking water. It’s also home to a waterfowl refuge, so keep your eyes open for some unusual creatures. Lake Wylie, on the border of York, Gaston and Mecklenburg counties, is smaller than Lake Norman with 325 miles of shoreline, but is equally popular with local residents. You can rent pontoon boats, hire a chartered boat or fish from a dock or bass boat. Lake Norman, Lake Wylie and Mountain Island Lake have restrictions regarding watercraft operation, so be sure to check with the respective marine commissions to learn the rules.
GolfAside from water sports, perhaps the Charlotte region’s most popular recreational activity is golf. The Carolinas are home to some of the finest golf courses in the country, and Charlotte certainly has its share. In the last decade, there has been a boom in public-access course construction, creating much-needed alternatives for those who do not belong to the area’s private country clubs. For more than 60 years, the region has drawn some of the most respected names in golf course design, including Tom Jackson, Tom Fazio, Arnold Palmer, Raymond Floyd, Greg Norman and Jack Nicklaus. You don’t have to drive to Pinehurst to experience a Donald Ross course, either. Two little-known gems in the Charlotte regionMonroe Country Club and Mooresville Golf Clubfeature Donald Ross designs. And you can see the stars play in the Wachovia Championship at Quail Hollow Club in May. Charlotte area golf has something for everyone. There are several courses owned by the City of Charlotte and surrounding counties where you can play 18 holes very economically. If you prefer to feel as though youre playing at an exclusive club, you can play courses such as Ballantyne Resort, Birkdale or Highland Creek. When it opened a few years ago, Ballantyne was dubbed the best new public course in the state.
Several public-access courses offer league play for men and women, as well as youth programs. There are also a number of excellent golf schools in the area, including the schools at Regent Park and Ballantyne Resort. Ballantyne Resort is home to the nationally known Dana Rader School of Golf; Rader is ranked by Golf Magazine as one of the Top 100 instructors in the country.
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